Individual, Family & Group Psychotherapy
Locations in New York & New Jersey

The mission of Friends of Karen is to provide emotional, financial and advocacy support to children with a life-threatening illness and their families.

Friends of Karen is a registered 501(c)(3) charity and the only organization in the New York metropolitan area to provide a comprehensive range of services — at no cost — to families caring for a child with a life-threatening illness.

Driven by compassion for families facing the most difficult experience imaginable, our expert social workers, committed staff and dedicated volunteers provide vital, practical and comprehensive services tailored to the specific needs of each family — and each family member — to help free them of everyday concerns so they have more time to love.

What We Do: Friends of Karen’s core Family Support Program offers individualized case management provided by a team of experienced, professional social workers.
Our support includes:

Emotional support, including supportive guidance, bereavement support and a Sibling Support Program that provides specially-trained counselors who work one-on-one and in small groups with sisters and brothers of the children who are ill, allowing them to express their feelings and thoughts, and to develop the means to cope with what is happening in their family.
Financial support through direct payment of illness-related expenses not covered by insurance (i.e., doctor and nursing fees, prescriptions and lab bills) and basic living expenses (i.e., rent, mortgage and utility bills) that are no longer affordable when parents leave their job to care for their child. We also help cover the cost of childcare for siblings, and hospital travel and meals.
Advocacy support to ensure families have access to all available benefits from government and other agencies; support from other organizations; pro bono legal counsel; and help with special educational needs.
“When we were going through our daughter’s illness, we would not have made it through without Friends of Karen. We will NEVER forget all that you did financially and emotionally.” Myra and Jesse Poe

Questions? Click here to contact us or call 914-617-4042
In Queens and Long Island, you may call 631-473-1768 x304.

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